Lifeguard Training

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Lifeguard Training

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training courses are offered at The Y. Take your certification anywhere in the USA or apply for a job within you own local Y! Your lifeguard certification is valid for 2 years, and you must re-certify before your certification expires or you will be required to retake the full class. We offer multiple recertification classes throughout the year.


Y Members: $225/participant ($25 Non-Refundable Fee for Required Prerequisite Testing + $200 Lifeguard Course Fee) — Non-Members: $275/participant ($25 Non-Refundable Fee for Required Prerequisite Testing + $250 Lifeguard Course Fee)

Cost for Recertification: $100 for Y Members(Non-Refundable) / $150 for Non-Members (Non-Refundable)

Job Opportunities:

Upon successful completion of the Lifeguard course, should you choose to work at any of the YMCA of East Tennessee locations as a lifeguard, we will refund your lifeguard course fee after six months of employment.


  • 15 years of age on or before the final day of the course
  • 300 Yard swim using the Front Crawl and Breast Stroke with Rhythmic Breathing
  • 10 lb brick retrieval from deep water in less than 1 minute, 40 seconds
  • Tread water for 2 minutes without arm support
  • Recertification class participants will be required to complete a pre-requisite swim test. For recertification, your certification cannot be expired for more than 30 days.

2022 Lifeguard Training Class Dates & Location

Jan 22-23 Cansler (Re-cert only)
Feb 25-27 Davis
Mar 4-6 West Side
March 14-16 North Side
Mar 24-26 Cansler
April 8-9 Davis (Re-cert only)
April 22-24 West Side
April 28-30 North Side
May 12-14 Cansler
May 27-29 Davis
June 3-5 West Side
June 9-11 North Side
July TBD
August TBD
October 10-12 Cansler
September 9-11 Davis Y

Register for Lifeguarding

To register for a lifeguarding class, find and register for the pre-test for your desired class. After successful completion of the in-water pre-test, you will then be able to register for the full class. Registration may be completed online, over the phone, or at the member services counter at your Y.

  • Cansler Y: 865-637-9622
  • West Side Y: 865-690-9622
  • North Side Y: 865-922-9622
  • Davis Y: 865-777-9622

Lifeguard Registration

Click the link below and find your desired program to Register.

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